Alumni

Alphabetical by last name.

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Ryan J. T. Adams
  • BA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2001.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2006.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2012.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: East Asia-Chinese Religions, Religion and Culture, History of Religions, Anthropology of Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Technologies of the Self/Body, Sacred Space, Charisma.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Falun Gong: Transforming Tradition, Self, and Society.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Transformers: Chinese Self-Cultivation Traditions in Taiwan’s Falun Gong.”
  • Current Employment: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University.
Joseph A. Adler
  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester, 1970.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1977.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1984.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Chinese Religions, Confucianism, Buddhism, Ancient Mediterranean.
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Divination and Philosophy: Chu His’s Understanding of the I-ching.”
  • Current Employment: Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies, Kenyon College.
Munther H. Al-Sabbagh
  • BA, Business Administration, Clark University, 1998.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2011.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islamic Studies, Medieval Middle East History.
  • Current Studies: PhD student in UC Santa Barbara History Department
Erica Hurwitz Andrus
  • BA, Religious Studies, Oberlin College, 1992.
  • MA, Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1995.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: American Religions 1820-1920, Religion in the American South, Vernacular Music and Religion in America.
  • Title of Doctoral Thesis: “High Lonesome Gospel: The Role of Evangelicalism in Shaping and American Music Culture.”
  • Current Employment: Lecturer, Religion Department, University of Vermont.
Jessica Andruss
  • AB, Religion and Modern Languages & Literatures, Kenyon College, 2001.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2006.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Medieval Spain and North Africa, Sephardim and Sephardic Diaspora, Hebrew and Arabic Convivencia Literature, Vernacularism, Alfonso X, Medieval Biblical/History Projects, Creativity.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “The Nazirite Embodiment of Holiness: A Conditional Vow of Consecrated Hair.”
  • Current Studies: MA, Near Eastern Languages, Ohio State University.
Jon Armajani
  • BA, Philosophy, Oberlin College, 1988.
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 1999.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Islam, Theory and Method for the Study of Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Kurds, Turks, Nestorians, and Westerners: An Analysis of Religious, Political, and Ethnic Turmoils in Nineteenth Century Kurdistan.”
  • Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Islamic Thought in the West: Sacred Texts, Islamic History, and Visions of Islam in a Transnational Age.”
  • Current Employment: Associate Professor, Department of Theology, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
Natalie Avalos
  • BA, Interdisciplinary Studies in Anthropology, Psychology, and Religious Studies, UC Berkeley, 2006.
  • MA, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2010.
  • PhD, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2015.
  • Areas of Study at UCSB: Indigenous Religious Traditions of the Americas and Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, Chicano Religions, Indigenous Ontology, Healing Historical Trauma, Religiosity as Social Justice, Transnational Religiosity, Race and Religion.
  • Title of Master’s Thesis: “Postcolonial Healing: Indigenous Concepts of Power and Strategies for Self-Determination.”